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Randi Weingarten Visits Community School in St. Paul, MN

05/20/10

American Federation of Teachers President and community school advocate, Randi Weingarten visited two St. Paul, MN schools. She met with local education and political leaders to discuss the union’s fight for effective school reforms and efforts to avert drastic education budget cuts.

One of the schools she visited was Johnson Elementary School - an Achievement Plus community school. She notes, "Johnson Elementary gets it—schools must be the centers of our communities, a safe haven where children can receive the services they need to mitigate the adverse effects of poverty on academic achievement. "

Achievement Plus is a private/public partnership between the Saint Paul Public Schools and the Amherst H. Wilder Foundation; other partners who helped create the initiative included the City of Saint Paul, Ramsey County, and the State of Minnesota. Achievement Plus community schools are the foundation of a comprehensive urban education reform model that integrates the school community, families, and the resources of public and private organizations to ensure academic achievement for all students. The primary goal of Achievement Plus is to improve student achievement in Saint Paul’s urban schools, while serving as a demonstration site and model for urban education.

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Randi Weingarten Visits Community School in St. Paul, MN Randi Weingarten, AFT President, reads to a student at John A. Johnson Elementary School, a community school, in St. Paul, MN.
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